The Stanford University professor who brought a World War II-era grenade through security at LAX was released this morning on $500,000 bail after spending the night in jail, records show. He is being charged with a felony, according to records.
On Tuesday afternoon, a portion of the airport was evacuated and the bomb squad was called out.
Gary Walter Cox, 58, told authorities the grenade had belonged to his father, who had recently died, the sources said. He thought it was inert but a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation said police determined that it might actually have been live.
The grenade was spotted by Transportation Security Administration workers during routine screening, a federal law enforcement official said.
The Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad was called out to the airport, and Terminal 1 was evacuated at about 3:45 p.m. Police transported the item and later blew it up, the three sources said. The terminal was reopened about 4:20 p.m.